Film crews from all three American television networks were in Bournemouth to cover The Beatles' show at the Winter Gardens on 16 November 1963. The term 'Beatlemania' had only been coined a fortnight before and Britain was readily surrendering to the boys' undoubted charm.
Footage from the Winter Gardens show was broadcast on CBS Morning News on 22 November - the first time The Beatles had been seen on US television. But America would have to wait to fully embrace The Beatles. Later that day, President John F Kennedy was assassinated and the country mourned its lost leader.
No less a luminary than Walter Cronkite revived The Beatles footage on 10 December and the die was cast – Beatlemania was to sweep the USA the following year.
Read the full story of what happened that night at the Winter Gardens in Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth, published on 22 September 2011.